Blue Air Fined £40,000 for Breaching COVID Rules & Ignoring Penalties

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February 23. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has successfully prosecuted Romanian budget airline Blue Air after the carrier committed a series of coronavirus protocol violations. These largely pertain to the country’s passenger locator forms, which the airline wasn’t ensuring that passengers had completed before their flights.

A hearing that took place yesterday at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court marked a small piece of aviation history. Specifically, this is the first instance in which an airline has been the subject of a prosecution as part of the UK’s COVID Enforcement Regulations. These enforce carriers’ responsibilities to check that passengers are complying with rules concerning air travel, such as completing pre-departure tests.

The offending airline in this instance was Blue Air, a low-cost carrier based in Bucharest. It pled guilty to six offenses under the new regulations yesterday, resulting in a £40,000 fine.

A statement released by the CAA in conjunction with the prosecution confirmed that five of the six offenses concerned the airline’s inability “to ensure that passengers arriving at Heathrow had completed the required Passenger Locator Form.”

Source: Simple Flying

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